Category Archives: Writing novels

Smoke, but no Fire

When Dawid October approached me for advice about selling his home on Plot 222, Haarlem, I asked him what price he had in mind. He said R35,000-00; then when he saw the look of horror on my face: “Do you … Continue reading

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MisManagers, Managers & Misses

Where one tiptoes on the edge of libel, slander and deformation of character, it would be sensible to use pseudonyms. The title to this blogpost is also not entirely accurate as the characters were what we all are; a mix … Continue reading

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Johan du Plooy – Artist.

A delightful new acquaintance of ours, soon to become a firm friend, settled in Haarlem in 2007 a block away from our home there. South African artist, Johan du Plooy, set to improving the rundown cottage he had bought, laying … Continue reading

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ALAN MALING – Artist

My wife Sheila’s second eldest brother, Alan, passed away in 2007 in Vereeniging Hospital, Gauteng Province, aged sixty four. He was admitted on 10th August; Neil, his brother was informed that he had difficulty breathing and was on oxygen, but … Continue reading

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VERSE

Having built Sheila’s little 2-cow milking shed in 2007, with attached feed store, dog kennels, chicken run and pig sty, I got to thinking about cows and their lives. I wrote the following verse and sent it to The George … Continue reading

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R. I. P. Claude Arkell

There had been hints of his pain, I know, like the memory of Claude’s tall stooped figure slowly crossing his brewery yard from his Cotswold-stone built converted stables to open up for the day’s brewing. Jacket and tie, always the … Continue reading

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Of Comets and Cowshit

With the unsatisfactory efforts of my Backpacker’s manager, I had to let him go and look for somebody more committed to making a profitable business of it. In the meanwhile I thus had to be there for guests and would … Continue reading

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